Beginning a day of activities and fun with the Rip City Rally, representative and personalities from the Portland Trail Blazers gathered Monday afternoon at Baker City’s Brooklyn Primary School to put on an assembly for more than 300 students.

Brooklyn Principal Phil Anderson told his students he received a call last spring from the Trail Blazers about having an assembly at their school.

“I’ve been waiting for this for a long, long time,” Anderson said.

Todd Bosma, director of game operations for the Trail Blazers, led the assembly in encouraging students to be active instead of going home and watching TV or playing video games all day.

Joining Bosma were members from Moda, the insurance company for whom the Blazers’ arena in Portland is named — Mina Zarnegin, Noah Pietz and Mike McGuffey. Two Blazer Dancers, Natalie and Jackie, and Blaze the Trail Cat were there as well.

To help keep them active, McGuffey, also called “Moda Mike” by Bosma, presented new playground balls for the Brooklyn students from Moda Health.

“Moda is giving you guys brand new playground balls because they want to make sure you have everything you need to go outside and play, so we will give you these playground balls if you promise to use them,” Bosma said.

The students promised to use them.

See more in Wednesday's issue of the Baker City Herald.

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